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A Dark, Very Troubling Period in America's History

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We are certainly living in the midst of a very dark period in American history. This is a nation that is not advancing, it is regressing; it is no longer growing, it is rapidly declining. This is a country that possesses monumental wealth but, at the same time, is plagued by a myriad of critical problems that seem to be insurmountable.

Where is the evidence that supports this premise? It's everywhere; just look at the deteriorating conditions in this country, the absence of a functioning government and the mounting extreme violence in this society. When America needs leadership and direction there is none to be found. There are no signs or indications that this government is ready to reassume the responsibilities of governing this country in a competent manner and doing what is in the best interests of the American people.

Republicans block, obstruct and filibuster. Democrats vacillate, cave in and refuse to change the filibuster rules. We have a president who won't prosecute the Wall Street criminals but goes after whistleblowers instead; a president who has done more to restrict the constitutional rights and freedoms of the American people than any other in our history. Don't believe it; then do some research and find out for yourself.

The financial sector is on the road to collapse, full of deceit, manipulation and drowning in a sea of trillions of dollars of toxic derivatives. The banking industry, a chief subsidiary of Corporate America, has become an albatross around the neck of America. Because of its reckless actions, schemes and deceitful practices used to subvert laws and regulations it represents a distinct danger to this nation's financial stability.

The American people are now fully aware that those political incompetents that inhabit the U.S. Congress, that institution that I have referred to as a massive cesspool, simply don't give a damn about them, their needs or their many problems. They also are very frustrated by the fact that no matter whom they vote for, it makes no difference whatsoever.

Of the 100 senators and the 435 members of the House those who could be called honest, dedicated, and uncorrupted representatives of the people could be counted on the fingers of your two hands. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and a handful of others fit that description and they are in a class by themselves. The rest are, in one way or another, under the control and in the employ of Corporate America.

Government has many roles that it should play in this country and one of them, although some would disagree, is to set a standard of honesty, decency and morality for the people it represents. It, in its dealings and actions, should be a role model for the American people. Unfortunately it is none of those things and, as a result, it has brought significant damage upon this country.

The White House: it no longer matters who enters the Oval Office because an incoming president immediately comes under the control of the Washington Establishment. To believe that some future president will assume that office and become an agent of change, one who will go up against the powers that control Washington and attack the nation's problems, is delusional thinking at best. It just does not happen.

A lot of the turmoil and extreme stress in this society can be attributed to Corporate America which is directly responsible for the destruction of our manufacturing sector. Millions of Americans are desperate for work and, yet, the corporate stooges in Congress want nothing to do with job creation. Unemployment is worsening as many Americans have given up on finding a job; but this is not reflected in the monthly reporting of the % of Americans who remain unemployed. That's just plain misinformation and the media says nothing about it, lets it just pass.

Student loans are a national disgrace. Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA is introducing legislation in the Senate that "would set interest rates for federally-subsidize loans at .75% for one year compared to the current rate of 3.4% which is set to double on July 1, 2013." Should this Congress allow that to happen it would be absolutely the height of irresponsibility on its part.

As Warren has stated, "If the Federal Reserve can float trillions of dollars to large financial institutions at extremely low interest rates to grow the economy, surely they can float the Department of Education the money to fund our students, keep us competitive and grow our middle class."

Violence in America is not decreasing, it's rapidly escalating. Not only did we see the slaughter of 20 little children that were mowed down by an assault weapon in Newtown, CT but since then there has been a rash of incidents in which kids anywhere from 5 to 10 years old have used firearms in their homes to kill a sibling or a family member. When is this sickness in America ever going to be cured? Or is the NRA infallible?

This is a society in which guns and violence are everywhere; movies, TV shows and video games include violence of every form imaginable. America gives every appearance of becoming a shooting gallery with rampant and escalating violence that is now embedded in our national psyche. Watching this idiocy disguised as entertainment will warp one's mind but, nonetheless, the theaters are filled, the ratings are great and the kids stay glued to their screens. And this is what we call a civilized society?

Every state except Illinois now has a concealed carry law that allows people to carry guns in many public places and that state will soon be forced by federal law to also adopt that same kind of legislation. Is this pure madness or what? And how about this: students in five Pennsylvania universities are being allowed to carry guns on campus; here's the link.

How long will we in America continue to watch as our children are slaughtered by assault weapons? What in the world does it say about a government and a society where children can lose their lives in an instant wherever they are, on the street, in their homes or in their schools? It says that we are living in a society that is in the process of unraveling.

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Could this really happen? Will it take a finan... by michael payne on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 4:36:21 PM
And they will be the ones to "rebuild". And perhap... by Ad Du on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:31:31 AM
 Mr. Payne, why is nobody telling Americans t... by Ad Du on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:41:24 AM
Debtors Jubilee or The Second Coming. Those are ou... by James Tennier on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:21:58 PM
The government will stop borrowing its money from ... by Rudy Avizius on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:28:38 PM
An excellent observation. I think that the Ame... by michael payne on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:15:21 PM
With labeling of government as the problem and loo... by BFalcon on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:39:43 AM
I'm not one of those who is against government... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:35:03 PM
 Federal government has problems today becaus... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:34:55 AM
I wish there were some way every American could re... by Hosea McAdoo on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:59:16 AM
I share many of the feelings and dread you articu... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 2:12:52 PM
Appreciate your comments and here is my furthe... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:26:52 PM
but where are the street protests, as in Occupy, s... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 8:19:35 PM
as to why there aren't massive protests and demons... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:15:11 PM
For example, there is the option of public financi... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:53:57 AM
 The country has problems but the main differ... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:41:24 AM
The U.S. Dream is very much responsible for accele... by Ed Ciaccio on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 2:56:20 PM
Before about 1750 nobody thought about economic "g... by Derryl Hermanutz on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 5:33:49 PM
America is a dying nation, already in decline and ... by Andrew Schettino on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:26:09 PM
Sorry but if you would do some in-depth research o... by michael payne on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 10:37:10 PM
 But I do think that president Obama would pu... by BFalcon on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:46:05 AM
It is great to see someone who has great concerns ... by michael payne on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:57:57 AM
"It no longer matters who enters the Oval Office ... by Perry Logan on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:25:49 AM
which president since the 1980's besid... by michael payne on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:52:57 AM
Your May 17, 2013 reply to Andrew Schettino reveal... by Fred Gohlke on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:58:23 PM